May 11, 2017

Dear Members,

RE:      Notice of Special General Meeting of Members – Wind Up and Dissolution

It is with great regret that we inform our members that PWN is no longer in a financial or operational position to continue its operations in accordance with its mission, vision and values.

This conclusion was drawn by the Board after discussion and careful consideration with funders and other stakeholders. It is a response to the shifting landscape of HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) services as well as the challenge in sustaining long-term funding to run PWN’s programs. As communicated to the membership in a letter dated on April 4, 2017 (a copy of which can be found at, we have seen our core funding reduced by roughly 60% in one fiscal year with little potential of securing additional funding in the future.

Accordingly, the Board is now taking steps to wind up the operations of the organization with a view toward dissolving the organization in the coming months.

Wind-Up Activities

As part of winding up the organization, the Board is ensuring that PWN members’ interests and needs are considered. PWN staff are currently taking steps to provide transition services that support our members. Charisse Knowlan and Judy Mitchell are leading such efforts in the following activities:

  • Our women’s only foodbank, held Thursday mornings at AIDS Vancouver
  • One-on-one support counseling
  • Transfer of members to alternative community services
  • Community outreach activities
  • Information about community supports and services on PWN website

Invitation to Special General Meeting

As part of the process, we invite you to attend the upcoming special general meeting of the members of PWN to discuss and approve the decision to close the organization, as specifically set out in the proposed resolution attached to this letter.

Meeting details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Place: PWN Office  614-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver
Call in: conference call dial 1 (888) 433-2192
Your participant code is 3839470

We hope to see you at the meeting to address your questions or concerns about the transition of the organization.

Although we are sad to say good-bye, we are proud of our accomplishments and the evolution of women’s HIV movements and we would like to acknowledge our members. Without each and every one of you this organization would not have evolved to be so impactful in BC and beyond.

Thank you for supporting PWN, accessing our services, becoming peer leaders, and committing to the vision that all women with HIV can receive care with dignity.


The PWN Board of Directors

Brittany Graham, Board Chair
Carly Daoust
Heather Holroyd
Negar Hooshmand-Mozaffar
Patti Telford